The Vilna Shul, a simple yet elegant building on Beacon Hill, was modeled after the medieval synagogues of Europe, but also draws inspiration from the architecture of the neighborhood. It was built in 1919 and designed by architect David Kalman. After the Vilna Shul shut its doors in the 1980s, the Alliance joined as a vocal member of a movement to see the building restored and reopened. Following a $3 million restoration that secured the building envelope, the building was reopened as an historical site, cultural center and spiritual haven for tours, exhibits, programs and events.
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Boston City Council voted on Thursday, June 21, to approve the first batch of Boston Community Preservation funding requests.